NCAA College Football 2014 to Madden 25: The Last Great Video Game Cheating Experience in American Football

When it comes to video games, I like to cheat as much as possible.

I’m glad that we got that out of the way because now I can fully disclose the greatest video game cheating experience of all time.  Of course, I am referring to the practice of “creating players” in NCAA College Football series of games and later drafting them into corresponding John Madden NFL selections.  This whole crazy idea was initially made possible to entice buyers of one football game to purchase yet another similar game.  The owners of the two most successful football video game franchises in history Electronic Arts, or EA Sports, has made a ton of money despite pedaling what is essentially the same product year after year.

I have purchased every single one of these EA Sports football games in one form or another for over twenty-five years and I’m not even complaining now.  If anything, I am only mad because my favorite kind of cheating in American football gaming has recently been discontinued.  The problem is a conundrum that seems to get more complex the more one delves into it.  (The topic of the National Football League, the NFL Players Association, NCAA, and Electronic Arts all making insane money from video games that college players are expressively prohibited from doing comes to mind and is worth yet another post, at a later date.)  For now, the EA Sports game NCAA College Football has been discontinued and the last version available is from 2014, while Madden NFL boasts a reference to 2015 in its most current iteration.

Perhaps the pairing of the two games was caught in the wake of the ongoing filibuster over the licensing agreements of some massively bureaucratic leviathans but there is still fun to be had as long as the servers from EA Sports are running for last year’s commemorative Madden NFL title: Madden NFL 25.  As far as I know, this is where the mythical Toy Land really does exist.  Please don’t mind the college athletes, or rather their alleged likenesses, that may or may not have even been exploited over the years lest you be invited to “never return, again.”  Video games have gotten increasingly intricate over the years and the virtual characters have been developed with amazing detail.  One of the quirks in the details still gives savvy players of both Madden 25 and NCAA College Football 2014 franchises unlimited access to husband virtual characters from high school all the way to the pros.

In the college series of football games not only is it possible to create individual characters to play in the game, but entire teams of players at entirely made-up schools can be added according whim.  All of it is cheating, any way slice it but what really made this special was the invention of the internet.  You see EA Sports decided many years ago that they were committed to the concepts of online gaming and with that commitment came revolutionary ideas like “saving/exporting draft classes” and teams, much like the contacts on your phone after you upgrade to the latest model.  If all of this seems excessive for video games I would invite you to check out the sales receipts and remind you that ordinary people are eventually the one’s that have to put in the work to really make this fail-safe way to cheat pop off.

The most ambitious of cheats is far from ordinary though and has only been enacted by the most dedicated cheaters.  For the first time, ever, I will allow you a glimpse into this fantasy land of American football video games and invite you to experience it.  Believe it or not, almost the entire lexicon of mythical and real high school teams has existed for some time in the “Create a Team” option of EA Sports.  I have personally recreated rosters, but a quick search for school names in their menu reveals that there are plenty of folks out there willing to do the same thing.  Now with all of these rosters available it is easy to superimpose or simply project entire high school leagues onto college conferences.  This creates a virtual world of fictionalized players, within a virtual world, and it pretty much turns into the movie Inception after that.  You have to keep in mind that in order to achieve true greatness in this cheat, you have to play a lot of video games.

I, personally, never skimp on the playing hours because I like to know each and every one of the maximum 300 virtual players that can be saved in each draft class.   I control a myriad of teams using the PlayStation 3 as a medium where my computer generated interests compete for ultimate supremacy in my terribly warped mind.  For instance, in my virtual world Howard University typically replaces Purdue University in the Big Ten conference which can never happen in real life.  DeMatha also has a team on my console that has never lost a game (455-0 in thirty-five seasons) in the prestigious South Eastern Conference because I don’t really need Vanderbilt to stand in the way of my dreams.  Now there is a whole lot of knowledge penned-up in my dome about football video games from playing thirteen hours a day since I put away the Atari XE and started rocking with Sega back in 1988.

I played all of those video games for you.  I invented and coached those virtual, fake players so you didn’t have to.  You are welcome on both counts.

This helps the cheating in two ways that work to augment each other.  First, in-depth knowledge of the fake player is gained.  Secondly, the performance of created fake players and pre-existing virtual characters in both video games can be maximized, and thus predicted easily.

Now it is just a matter of access to the highly coveted online game servers that allow everything to come together.  If you dare, reply with your PlayStation user name and I will send you a personal invitation to play video games with me.

Only the serious need to apply.  Send a direct friendship request to DICooper on the PlayStation Network and I will send you a link to begin in the 2018 Season of my online football league so that you can judge the insanity for yourself.

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